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Russell Gardens/Bushy Ruff

Russell Gardens

Alkham Road, Temple Ewell, Dover, Kent, CT16 3EE

Russell Gardens are situated on the opposite side of the road to Kearsney Abbey and were originally known as Kearsney Court & Gardens.  The area is laid out in a more formal style than Kearsney Abbey, and was designed by Edwardian architect Thomas Mawson. 

The gardens are popular all year, whether taking a gentle stroll around the gardens or pond dipping with the children. During the summer months you can enjoy a game of tennis on one of the four grass tennis courts.

Bushy Ruff, at the western end of the gardens, is set around a picturesque lake with footpaths running alongside.  This is a popular open space for dog walkers or for those who simply want to enjoy a pleasant walk in natural surroundings. 

The Kearsney Parks are accessible to all, although some routes in the park may be considered less accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.  The parks are accessible on foot or bicycle.  There are three small car parks but with limited space.  Disabled parking is available in the tea room car park at Kearsney Abbey. The park can also be reached by visitors using public transport, with Kearsney Train station just five minutes walk away and a bus stop outside Kearsney Abbey. 

Toilets/disabled toilet facilities are available at Kearsney Abbey.

Kearsney Parks - Parks for People Project »

We have been awarded £3.3 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Parks for People’ programme to bring our Kearsney Parks project to life.


  • Children's play area - equipment includes swings, an angled circular rail and a junior multiplay unit


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